short balls: ping pong in stilettos, masha up for vogue's best dressed, glow-in-the-dark kicks, etc.

reebok court victory pump - glow in the dark

Reebok reissue: Everything old is new again, and the Reebok shoes endorsed by Michael Chang isn’t immune. The company’s releasing the Court Victory Pump in a glow-in-the-dark colorway (see it in action). Available at atmos. (Hypebeast)

Paul Smith hits the slopes: UK designer Paul Smith has ventured into the sports world yet again (remember the soccer balls and cycling jerseys?), but alas he missed tennis yet again. This time, he’s partnered with Burton to come up with some stylish snow-friendly outerwear. (UrbanDaddy LA)

And speaking of soccer…: Nike flexes its world dominance muscle yet again with a takeover of the soccer-focused Umbro (via DTL)


Recycling: WATR dug up this cool wallet made from an old racquet cover.

Painted clothes: In the spirit of Mystique and Demi Moore, the members of Sisterhood — a rowing team based in the UK — have posed for a fundraising calendar as various athletes. The twist: their kits are painted directly on their naked bodies. A clothed Jamie Murray posed in one of the photos. (

djokovic - table tennis - stilettos

Stilettos and ping pong: Of course it would be Novak Djokovic who’d be hardcore playing ping pong at the Madrid Masters (look at that extension!). And of course he’d be the one playing against a girl wearing stilettos. (photo by

Andy Murray’s flickr page: By the way, the folks behind Andy‘s website are embracing Flickr and uploading vids onto YouTube. Here’s a pic of him right after a haircut that raised money for charity.

Masha still competes: But not on the court. Vogue puts Maria Sharapova in the running for 2007′s best-dressed. Other nominees include Sienna Miller, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Chloe Sevigny, SJP, Gwyneth, some supermodels, and a smattering of socialites.

… while Roger makes another list: The World No. 1 ends up No. 4 in’s Top 49 Men of 2007. (Alas, there are no other tennis players on the list; AndyRoddick’s lost his mojo for good.) Like how we dreamed it, David Beckham is on top. (via DTL)

Why we love Karl: NYT‘s Stephen Holden writes up the new documentary on Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld. The best quotes from the flick: “I love change; I’m attached to nothing”; “When I took on Chanel, it was a sleeping beauty — not even a beautiful one; she snored”; “Success nullifies; you have to do it again, and better.”

mishit: lukas dlouhy's ponytail


Alas, what TSF thought was a carefree summer trend towards long, unkempt hair has creeped into fall with Lukas Dlouhy leading the charge.

Ponytails can look alright — Xavier Malisse‘s is decent, while the half ponytails of Jurgen Melzer are so-so — but what Czech has done at this week’s St. Petersburg Open makes him look like a Dr. Seuss creation. How could the tournament referee have let him play? If an official can ask Tommy Haas to change out of a sleeveless shirt, I’m sure they could have asked this guy to adjust his hair.

Scoreline: Dlouhy took out Pavel Chekhov in the first round match 7-6 (5), 6-4 but lost in straight sets to another crazy-haired ATPer, second seed Andy Murray, in the next round.

(photo via the tourney website)

short balls: masha the editor and producer, what's in venus' fridge?, etc.

Someone is selling San Diego ash on eBay. Wow.

serena and venus - espn magazine shoot

A photo shoot: Bossip shows us a behind-the-scenes photo of Serena and Venus posing for ESPN The Magazine‘s 10th anniversary issue.

A piece of the publicity pie?: Former pro David Wheaton (now a Godcaster) thinks that our Federer-filled tennis days are boring compared to the late 80s/early 90s — when Lendl, McEnroe, Connors, Becker, Edberg came up against the American upstarts (Agassi, Sampras, Courier, Chang, and Martin). While he may have a point, I think Federer’s hold on No. 1 isn’t as strong. 2008′s going to be great. (Winnipeg Sun)

A media mogul: Tennis Week‘s Randy Master — getting ready for the magazine’s November relaunch — announces the addition of Maria Sharapova to the magazine’s masthead as an editorial contributor. The Siberian Siren is also in talks with CW to develop a drama set in the world of women’s tennis. (And it’s true — some of the stuff that happens, you can’t make it up!). She’ll be working with Jacob Epstein, whose writing credits include L.A. Law, Sliders, and Without a Trace. Epstein will be the executive producer, and Masha gets a co-executive producer credit. (via Kat)

A petition: An advocacy group passed around a petition to discourage Roger’s participation in the Davidoff Swiss Indoors. As you may know, Davidoff sells tobacco. I say cut Davidoff some slack. If we went out protesting the practices of every tennis tourney sponsor, we’d be out of ‘em. Also, who doesn’t love Cool Water?

A fridge full of water: Rachael Ray takes a look at what’s in the fridge of Venus Williams.

Further reading: Recent notes from ESPN’s Bonnie D. Ford. One of her mentions is the race to Shanghai, where twenty guys are vying for the last three spots.

(OT) A fashion blog: If you’re looking for another fashion blog to follow, consider V‘s online content. They scour the world for some pretty cool stuff, and their photographer JD Ferguson is great. (He has his own blog, too.)

(OT) A quick study of the Case Studies: This NYT article checks in on the current state of Case Study houses in the preservation-unfriendly world of Los Angeles.

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short balls: serena bananas over her 'berry, loving the aussie women, ncaa tennis, etc.

Serena goes bananas over ‘berry: Serena Williams blogged so dramatically about losing her Blackberry in Paris (realizing its disappearance while shopping at Fendi, no less) that Down The Line! thinks she’s just lost her marbles.

Coria’s quiet return: The Argentine accepted a wild card into a tourney this week, and he crashed out in the first round. (La Legion Argentina)

Articles are getting a bum rap: TTC drops one of its Ts (guess which one?) and announce it via a press release worthy of The Onion. There was really no way to make a big serious deal about this…

Aussie love: Ex-troubled teen Jelena Dokic finally speaks about her decision to return to pro tennis (with the help of Tennis Australia). Meanwhile, the adorable Nick McCarvel has been missing Molik and hopes she’ll make a strong start in 2008.

Partners in crime: Speaking of, Nick and his transatlantic sidekick, Troy Venechanos, brought us good blogging from the Madrid Masters. In part two, check out the photo of yet another big purse from Mirka

Over it: I’m so over the match-fixing scandal, so I’ll leave it to Stephanie Myles to keep you informed.

What difference a year makes: Ahh, it seems like the NCAA tennis season just ended, yet we’re already into the second major tourney of the new season. Colette Lewis lists the seeds and wonders what happened to the men of UCLA and to USC darling Lindsey Nelson.

the red (and white) courts of basel


More branded courts to look at, this time the deep red courts at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel.

Yesterday, top seed Roger Federer (still shaky after last week’s loss to Nalbandian, perhaps?) needed three sets to beat Michael Berrer 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

(photo by AP)